When Rafa Benitez arrived on March 11th two years ago Newcastle had a lot of injuries and one was Paul Dummett, and with Massadio Haidara also injured we didn’t have a specialist left-back for a few games.
Rafa tried Vurnon Anita there until Paul was finally fit and then we started to pick up points and in those final six games two years ago under Rafa – we got 12 points.
We still went down but Rafa quickly got a handle on the injuries at Newcastle and for the last two seasons we have had much fewer injuries.
That’s just one of the areas of the club where Rafa is making a huge difference with his vast experience and skill.
Jacob Murphy – in action at Old Trafford
Today we have only Jesus Gamez and Islam Slimani on the injured list.
Now with so many players to choose from, Rafa will have to leave some very good players out of the matchday squad of 18,
And yesterday young Jacob Murphy was not included in the squad and Rafa was asked about the omission:
“We had to decide about wingers, defenders, strikers,”
“The good thing is that we don’t have too many injuries, so someone had to stay out.”
“Murphy was doing well, and I told him that I was disappointed(he couldn’t be in the squad,”
“But you have to make these decisions.”
“We have Christian Atsu as a winger, so it’s just a decision, because of the number of players we can have in the squad.”
Newcastle have also brought in Kenedy on loan from Chelsea and it seems the 22-year-old will be starting most games during the run-in and the 22-year-old will be glad of the first team playing time.
In fact, we hope he’s so pleased that he will want to join us full-time this summer.
And Jacob Murphy has already shown this season what an excellent player he can become for Newcastle; he just needs to stay a little patient at the moment – he’ll get another chance soon enough.